Educational Mission

Building a strong community-school partnership in arts education is the goal of Homer Watson House & Gallery’s curriculum-based visual art programs. Bringing teachers, students and artists together in a historical setting strengthens the link between museums, galleries and schools.


While participating in a school program with Homer Watson House & Gallery, students will have the opportunity to think and feel as they explore, problem solve, express, interpret and evaluate. Students will receive the opportunity to expand their knowledge of both art and cross-curricular topics. Classes will be able to participate in a full-length lesson with one of our dedicated professional artists in which elements of design are discussed. Additionally, they will receive a tour of our Gallery and a lesson about the life and time of Homer Watson. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about the rich history of our region and witness some of the tools that Homer Watson used to create his masterpieces. Participants will view many of Watson’s painting and local artists’ exhibits before creating artwork of their own.

*Please note that most programs can be modified into an outreach program.

*Minimum of 15 students of a $90.00 flat rate applies

Junior Kindergarten - Grade Two

Elements of Design: Colour, Texture, Value

Making Paint: Be the Technician | $6 Person
Where do paints and pigments come from? Students will experiment with chalk pastels to create their own paint and make their own pastel paintings. Focus is on colour and contrast.
Back to Basics: Watercolour Techniques | $6 Person
Learn to paint like Watson using rhythm, colour value and tone. Students will explore the many techniques of brush work and application of watercolour as they design their own landscape painting.
Painting with Plasticine | $6 Person
Colour, texture and design are essential when painting with plasticine. Students will create dramatic effects as they learn to manipulate the primary colours of plasticine into a colourful landscape.
Printmaking | $6 Person
Create your own printmaking plate by relief carving into foam! Students will learn how negative and positive space is important when creating these monotype prints.

Grade Three - Grade Five

Elements of Design: Colour, Space, Line, Form

Canadian Landscapes in Plasticine | $6 Person
Art history and the environment are yours to discover! Students will practice methods developed by great Canadian painters to build the ultimate landscape. Contemporary and historical oil paintings are explored.
3D Casting | $6 Person (Onsite Only)
Pattern, shape and form are key when learning how to make a mould. Students will discover the art of casting as they construct their very own plaster relief sculpture. Proportion and balance are considered.
1 Point Perspective | $6 Person
Students will discover and practice the techniques of 1 point perspective and will gain a greater understanding of how to properly map out houses, buildings, windows and doors.
Metal Figure Sculpture | $6 Person
Mould your own sculpture! Students will sculpt foil into an array of figures that can be mounted on a base and painted. Proportion and three-dimensional designs are explored.
Expressions in Cartooning | $6 Person
Facial expressions, body movements, and action lines create excitement! Students will learn the techniques in creating a strong layout and stimulating cartoon characters with an anime option.
Landscapes in Watercolour | $6 Person
Students will learn to paint a lush blooming landscape using watercolour techniqures. Brushstroke techniques and the watercolour medium will be explored.

Grade Six – Grade Eight

Elements of Design: Unity, Harmony, Movement

Armature and Plaster | $11 Person
Students will create a wire armature, inside support and work plaster over it to create a unique and expressive artwork. The essentials of sculpture will be taught, surface feeling, light and shadows and dynamics of line.
1 and 2-Point Perspective | $6 Person
Students will use proper measurements and drawing tools to create a realistic image of a building or street corner. Foreground, middle ground and background will be used to create a sense of distance in their completed drawing.
Drawing Foundations | $6 Person
Improve your drawing with fun techniques such as line, shadow and contrast. Students will discover how to use pencil, charcoal, conte and special tools to develop their own landscape drawing or portrait.
Body Casting | $11 Person (Onsite Only)
Transform yourself into a work of art using your feet, hands or face! Students will work to create finished plaster moulds. Program extension: These moulds can be filled to create a positive plaster form at your school!
Animation Basics | $6 Person (Onsite Only)
Create your own video, characters and plot! Students will be encouraged to use their critical thinking skills as they produce an animation short. *Max. 22 students –finished videos will be available 2 weeks later.
Plastic Printmaking | $6 Person
Printmaking will be explored through traditional etching techniques by substituting copper and metal plates with contemporary plastics. Students will create a printing plate which they will use to make copies on paper.
Acrylic Explorations | $6 Person
Let your imagination carry you with impressionistic and abstract art. Students will use their imagination to enhance the visual world around them, as they create their own acrylic painting in a unique style.

High School Programs

Elements of Design: Perspective, Function, Exercise

Meet a Professional Artist and Tour the Gallery | $5 Person

Students will be given the opportunity to tour the Gallery and learn the function of public art galleries within the community. A working, professional artist will be on hand to discuss the realities of working in the art field including; public relations, self-promotion, business practice and creating work.

Meet the Curator through an Onsite Tour | $5 Person

Students will be guided by the Curator, through three contemporary galleries dedicated to local artists. They will have the opportunity to explore each artists’ statement and understand the importance of contemporary artists work based on current issues. Students will continue to learn Homer Watson’s significant contribution to Canadian Visual Arts on this tour.

Figure Drawing | $6 Person

Students will be taught to explore the fundamental elements of life perspective of academic traditions. This program will also explore the impressionist movement’s attitude toward light effects and the fleeting moment. Students will engage in a variety of drawing exercises structured from quick studies and progressing to sustained renderings of the human form. *Additional model fee applies.

Public Sculpture | $6 Person

Students will learn how to complete a proposal for a public commission by creating a wax maquette. Learning considerations are size, dynamics of sculptural form and casting.

Relief Sculpture | $6 Person

Create a medallion using a press and mould process. Starting with a master and ending up with a plaster copy!

Programs for All Grades

Pottery Programs

$9.00 per student: Air Dry Clay (Outreach program available)
$11.00 per student: Fired Clay (Due to program requirements fired clay is onsite only)

Select a pottery program of your choice! Each class is asked to bring labeled boxes for finished pottery pieces. Teachers are required to return to the Gallery to pick up fired pottery pieces. Please choose from the following pottery program options:

Mask Making

Students will be given a mask making demonstration before creating a unique mask of their own. Personal expression through the use of clay is encouraged.

Clay Portraits

Students will create a profile of a face, and learn the principles of light and shadow. Proper facial planes, and use of clay will be explored.

Pinch Pots

Students will apply hand-building techniques such as coiling to create unique pots!


Fall – Spooky Mask Making

Students learn how to mould Bristol board into Halloween masks with shape, volume, and texture, using special patterns.

Fall – En Plein Air

En plein air, a French expression which means “in the open air”, is practiced on the Gallery’s scenic 3-acre property. Students will work from real landscapes to create a finished piece. *Weather dependent.

Winter – Clay Ornaments

Students will finish pre-fired, holiday ornaments after touring our seasonally decorated Museum.

Winter – Victorian Ornaments

Students will be given the opportunity to create Victorian-style holiday ornaments using various types of mixed media. Take a step back in time!

Spring – Easter Flower Pots

Students will create an Easter flower pot out of fired or air-dry clay. Pots can later be painted or decorated. Inquire about potential program modifications.

Spring – Canadian Watercolour Landscapes

Students will learn to print a lush spring landscape using watercolour techniques. Brushstroke techniques and the watercolour medium will be explored.


Our School Programs

While participating in a school program with Homer Watson House & Gallery, students have the opportunity to think and feel as they explore, problem solve, express, interpret and evaluate. Students expand their knowledge in both art and cross-curricular topics while participating in our full-length programs delivered by dedicated education staff. Inspired by Homer Watson’s historic paintings and contemporary local artists’ exhibits, students experience art and history and make connections to create their very own unique piece of artwork.


Our facilities are wheelchair accessible. In order to serve you best, please call the Gallery in advance so we can be sure to answer any questions you may have.

Preparing for your visit

With the confirmation of your booking, you will receive:

For additional information or to book a School Program please our Education & Public Programs Coordinator at 519-748-4377 ext. 233 or send her an email via our Contact page.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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